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More popular among older women is sterilization.
Many Americans get their tubes tied after they have children, as a don't-have-to-worry-about-it-anymore measure, experts say. Younger women with less education more often turn to sterilization, as well.
Why is the sterilization rate in European countries so much lower?
"It may be that surgical options are less acceptable to European women, and not as promoted by European doctors," said Karin Ringheim, a senior policy adviser with the Population Reference Bureau, in an e-mail to the Associated Press.
Meanwhile, the CDC report found that in the United States, the diaphragm has virtually become extinct. But the IUD, or intrauterine device, is making something of a comeback.
The IUD is a T-shaped plastic sperm-killer that a doctor inserts into a woman's uterus. IUDs fell out of favor in the 1970s, after one brand, the Dalkon Shield, was blamed for serious and sometimes deadly infections.
CDC report: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nsfg.htm
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